Issue: S. 1301 Debt Limit Increase. Question: On the Motion (Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to S. 1301 with an Amendment (Amdt. No. 3847). (S. 1301 Deceptive Vehicle: Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act)
Result: Agreed to 50 to 48, 2 not voting. Agreed to by the House, Roll Call 315, 10-12-21. Became Public Law 117-50 (signed by the President, 10-14-21). Dems only scored.
Freedom First Society: The Debt Limit increase portion of H.Res. 716 raised the limit by $480 Billion. (Expected to last only until the middle of this December, so another effort is underway.)
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We do not score the Republicans on this one for their easy posturing opposition vote.
We have assigned (good vote) to the Nays and (bad vote) to the Yeas. (P = voted present; ? = not voting; blank = not listed on roll call.)
Bill Summary (Congressional Research Service):
Public Law No: 117-50 (10/14/2021)
This bill increases the public debt limit by $480 billion.
Freedom First Society Analysis: We’re constantly told that it’s unthinkable for the government not to pay its debts on time. But apparently it’s not unthinkable to spend beyond our means and incur ever-increasing debt we cannot afford.
It’s important to recognize the orchestrated media betrayal — the option of serious federal rollbacks is not allowed in the “public discussion.” The public rarely hears from “experts” warning us that we must curb unconstitutional spending to avoid bankrupting the nation. Or explaining that eliminating such spending would lead to unprecedented national prosperity and even improved opportunity for the recipients of “unconstitutional” government welfare? The real problem — unconstitutional government is not mentioned. If the federal government were limited by the Constitution, in normal times there would be no serious problem with deficits (and at current tax levels, there would be surpluses to begin retiring the national debt).
The Compromise Trap
The Insiders controlling the Establishment media would have us believe that bipartisan compromise is a necessary virtue. But compromise among socialists is no path to freedom and prosperity. Instead, an informed public must force the House to use its power of the purse to eliminate unconstitutional programs and spending
This power is poorly recognized today. James Madison, often recognized as the “father of the Constitution,” emphasized in Federalist No. 58 that a simple majority in the House alone has the power to bring government under control:
“The House of Representatives cannot only refuse, but they alone can propose the supplies requisite for the support of government. They, in a word, hold the purse — that powerful instrument … [for reducing] … all the overgrown prerogatives of the other branches of government. This power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining a redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure.”
The House hasn’t exercised that authority in recent times because no simple majority has, or can acquire on its own, the desire and backbone to do so. Such a majority would have to stand up to the Conspiracy’s grip on the parties and withstand its dominating influence on public opinion.
Realistically, the necessary backbone must come from an informed, engaged electorate following new, principle-based leadership, provided through a new channel of communications.
Bankrupt Bipartisan Politics
Of particular urgency, we must wake up our fellow citizens to the reality that BOTH parties are happy to give us more of the poison, i.e., even greater unconstitutional spending, to address the debt ceiling crises:
Indeed, both parties proclaim their partisanship while in reality negotiating to continue business as usual. Phasing out fedgov’s massive unconstitutional spending is simply not on the negotiating table.
The Principled Position
Those Congressmen seeking to act responsibly should set the example by refusing to vote for any increase in the debt ceiling unless coupled with a reliable commitment to phase out unconstitutional spending. Of course, there is currently insufficient support in Congress for such a responsible move. Members of Freedom First Society seek to change that climate.
In the meantime, representatives and senators should resist the claim of Congressional leaders that continuing business as usual is the only alternative to an unacceptable government shutdown and damaging credit default. In fact, business as usual is the only alternative the leaders are offering, but that is the leaders’ fault. The leaders should be forced to take responsibility for not offering alternatives that can be supported.